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The ThanksGiving Back (TGB) program is under the larger Alternative Breaks@Stanford (AB@S) service program. It involves a series of 3 workshops in the Fall Quarter that culminates in a Thanksgiving Break trip. The workshops expose students to complex social and cultural issues through group discussion, readings and reflection activities, while the trip is characterized by community visits, experiential learning, and direct service. The program's vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our local, national and global communities.

The program is entirely student-run, and each TGB course and trip will feature 2 co-leaders who chose a specific topic to focus on. Through the application process, a maximum 12 participants will be chosen to partake in the 3 workshops and ensuing Thanksgiving trip from Sunday morning to Wednesday evening of Thanksgiving break. The 2018-2019 school year features 3 TGB trips.The trip and course descriptions, as well as the co-leader biographies are detailed below.

For further questions about the TGB, e-mail the 2 co-leaders. For questions regarding the program or financial assistance, please e-mail us at For additional program information, please visit the FAQ page.

ThanksGiving Back Trips

2019 Thanksgiving Back Trips have yet to be confirmed. The deadline to apply to a 2018 TGB has passed. Click on the trips below to find more information about 2018 TGB trips and access the application forms. Click on FAQ for more details.
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The Queer And Asian + History, Identity And Culture trip aims to create safe spaces that increase student awareness of and involvement in issues regarding Queer And Asian intersectionality, such as the lack of representation in mainstream queer culture and acknowledgement of cultural nuances in...
This trip will explore issues related to advocacy and healthcare for refugees and immigrant groups in the Bay Area, striving to bring large-scale refugee crises and immigration movements into a local context. To build a more comprehensive view, we will think about immigrant and refugee health...